XLIF Surgery 8-11-2020

Posted by baq315a @baq315a, Jul 21, 2020

BSX SCS not working well enough. Please give me any helpful advice re; your xlif experience. In my case fusing 3 discs, l2/l3, l3/l4, l4/l5. I have significant scoliosis and spondolith, lots of degeneration. How bad/worse was pain and for how long, outcome successful?, how much rehab, what to avoid, what to emphasize? Thank you in advance.

Great questions to ask about XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) recovery and success rates, Baq. I'm tagging fellow members @jmweissler @lastchance33 @barbarosa54 @grandmar and @user_chf56161a on this discussion to see if they have some tips and stories to share. While we wait for others to join in, you may appreciate reading the experiences shared in these discussions:

– Disk replacement & spinal fusion (L4-L5): Post-op concerns https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/7-days-post-op-disk-replacement-and-fusion-l-4-l-5/
– Sacroilliac Joint Pain & Fusion https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sacroilliac-joint-pain-fusion/

Baq, I know SCS stands for spinal cord stimulator, but what is BSX?


BSX is short for Boston Scientific.


@baq315a . When I read your spinal fusions and other surgeries you had it sound to me like it wasn't complete. I had a fusion on my back from T-10 to my pelvis, because of degeneration, which had caused a scoliosis and my L-4 and L5 had severe senosis. The surgeon told my husband I must have been in a lot of pain. I had my surgery at Mayo Clinic In Rochester, MN. on June 9th. So I have a long way to go to be totally healed. I'm also on Tymlos injections every day to increase my bone mass. The surgeon was great, but I do have my right leg shorter than my right, so the surgeon wants me to get a 1/4 inch lift. I ordered one yesterday. They want me to do short walks several times a day, but it hurts my knee and I'm having spasms in my right foot. So until I get the lift I'm not going for a walk. It's too painful.
My surgery was a big surgery, it took nine hours and the recovery is hard. I have to wear a brace and no bending, twisting or lifting anything over 10 lbs. I got off all my pain pills and when I have the brace on it doesn't hurt as much, but when I take it off at night (the 3 last nights) I haven't been able to go to sleep. I hope you are getting good care. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Please sign in or register to post a reply.